SWANA Heritage Month

Join us this April as we celebrate Southwest Asian and North African (SWANA) Heritage Month!

While this month of commemoration has been observed under various names, such as Arab American Heritage Month or Middle Eastern North African (MENA) Heritage Month, the Palo Alto City Library aims to be inclusive of the many diverse peoples and cultures that span the Southwest Asian and North African region. SWANA is a geographical and apolitical term that many libraries and academic institutions have adopted to honor the numerous rich traditions and heritages of this vast region.

Book Recommendations:

SWANA Heritage Month books for kids




eLibrary Resources:

Access these resources for free with your library card!

  • Check out LOTE4Kids for picture books featuring some of the languages spoken in SWANA countries including Arabic, Armenian, Dari, Pashto, Persian (Farsi), Turkish and Hebrew
  • Discover engaging beginner's courses on Mango Languages for the languages above and more, including Egyptian, Levantine, Iraqi Arabic dialects
  • Explore Middle Eastern documentaries & films on Kanopy and Hoopla, opens a new window:
SWANA Heritage Month - Films

Enjoy these films featuring Southwest Asian and North African directors, producers, writers, and actors; available to borrow, download, or stream through the Palo Alto City Library.

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